ex·​pe·​di·​ence ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)s How to pronounce expedience (audio)

Examples of expedience in a Sentence

the proven expedience of the carrot over the stick in getting the most out of people
Recent Examples on the Web The line between governing and eyeing the next election has become indistinguishable — much to the chagrin of those who wish expedience and partisanship had less influence over lawmakers and their decisions. Mark Z. Barabak, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024 The art world is a mercenary place where grudges often give way to expedience. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 Fitting two systems to the M70 was mostly a matter of expedience: Bosch does not make a twelve-cylinder version of its Motronic system. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 8 Apr. 2023 That is one of a few parts of this compact that spurred the legal challenges, as the case takes twists and turns through the court system, which is not known for its expedience. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 13 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for expedience 

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expedience was in 1548

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“Expedience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedience. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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